30 days in United States Itinerary

30 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel route planner
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Drive
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Washington DC
— 1 night
Fly
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 4 nights
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly
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Yellowstone National Park
— 6 nights
Fly
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New York City
— 4 nights
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Washington DC — 1 night

The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
On the 3rd (Mon), ponder the world of politics at United States Capitol, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, then examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Jefferson Memorial. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, then appreciate the history behind Washington Monument, then appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and finally pause for some photo ops at Lincoln Memorial.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Washington DC road trip planning website.

Washington to Washington DC is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Washington in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Washington DC, with lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Museums
Find places to stay May 3 — 4:

Great Smoky Mountains National Park — 4 nights

Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Get outdoors at Mount LeConte and Chimneys Picnic Area. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Roaring Fork, take in the dramatic scenery at Ramsey Cascades, trek along Alum Cave Trail, and admire all the interesting features of Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Great Smoky Mountains National Park attractions planner.

Fly from Washington DC to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Great Smoky Mountains National Park sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay May 4 — 8:

Grand Canyon National Park — 5 nights

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Take a break from the city and head to Rim Trail and Inner Canyon. There's much more to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Lipan Point, admire all the interesting features of East Rim Drive, and hike along South Kaibab Trail.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip maker tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Grand Canyon National Park. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park in May: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Las Vegas.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay May 8 — 13:

Las Vegas — 1 night

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
On the 14th (Fri), admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and then take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Las Vegas trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.
Parks · Nature
Find places to stay May 13 — 14:

Yosemite National Park — 6 nights

Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Visiting Sentinel Dome and Mariposa Grove will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Wapama Falls, see human ingenuity at work at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cooks Meadow Loop.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online day trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Las Vegas to Yosemite National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Las Vegas in May, expect Yosemite National Park to be much colder, temps between 65°F and 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay May 14 — 20:

San Francisco — 2 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 21st (Fri), snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, and then wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf. On your second day here, stroll around Golden Gate Park, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and then take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to fly to Yellowstone National Park.
Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 20 — 22:

Yellowstone National Park — 6 nights

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Take a break from the city and head to Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Old Faithful. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Lower Geyser Basin, take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Aurum Geyser, and hike along Fountain Paint Pot.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Yellowstone National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway, train, bus, and car. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in May, you will find days in Yellowstone National Park are little chillier (53°F), and nights are much colder (27°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to New York City.
Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay May 22 — 28:

New York City — 4 nights

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for . Your trip includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), explore and take pictures at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and walk around The High Line.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Yellowstone National Park to New York City in 7 hours. Another option is to drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Yellowstone National Park to New York City. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in New York City, with highs around 69°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel back home.
Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 28 — Jun 1:

United States travel guide

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More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.